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http://www.bishop-accountability.org/Ireland now lists 94 Catholic priests and brothers who have been convicted of sex abuses offenses in Ireland to date. No one has been convicted of covering up their abuse. Strict data protection and defamation laws in Ireland make it difficult to report the names of all clerics and brothers who have allegations of abuse against them, estimated by the website to number 1,300.

This is because the making of a false allegation can cause irreparable damage to the reputation of the accused. However there has been only one high profile case of a priest being accused in error - my national broadcaster RTE - in a programme called Mission to prey. For the most part, the media have been scrupulous in researching and documenting the evidence for any allegations made. Of course the abused had no such protections.

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